When it comes to development, it is important for regions to get new opportunities. Basically, the government <...> has created this mechanism. When we say infrastructure menu or budgetary and infrastructure loans, we mean getting the opportunity to earn this way and to get a development budget. <...> We will select projects and will be ready to defend those projects and develop them additionally. Budgetary and infrastructure loans worth RUB 500 billion alone and infrastructure bonds worth RUB 500 billion. <...> It is important that these mechanisms will help us with such big projects. However, we would like more — Alexey Texler, Governor of Chelyabinsk region.
Indeed, any region <...> has opportunities. The question is whether conditions are stable. Today, we have discussed regional subsidy recalculation. It applied to the regions that got subsidies from the federal budget. The change in the tax legislation simply deprives us of our income and redistributes it in favour of the federal budget. Long-term and mid-term investment takes stability, which will motivate regions to strive for additional earnings. <...> If we redistribute what regions with a high share of investment earn, we will make things worse mid-term. This is why stable conditions we work under <...> are crucial for all regions. In this case, optimization mechanisms get launched at the bottom or micro level. It means that you can change the system at the macro level. Otherwise if you improve your efficiency and it is taken away, what is the point of it? — Vladimir Efimov, Deputy Mayor of the City of Moscow for Economic Policy and Property and Land Relations.
Regions are the cornerstone of reaching our national goals. We cannot do it without our regions. It is obvious. This is why it is not just about the money. We have discussed it a lot today. At the same time, it is unattainable without money – we understand it, too. <...> The resources the government allocates for national goals cannot be ignored. Most of this money end up in regions that always say they do not have enough. <...> There can never be too much money. There will always be a shortage. You see, reaching goals takes inventiveness. We witness how a whole range of regions resolve their issues and achieve designated results, while others keep complaining they never get enough money. <...> A lot of it is managerial decisions. This why I believe we need a shift from the old idea ‘give us money’ to the new agenda, which will teach them to build a motivation and management system for reaching goals — Anton Siluanov, Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation.
Regions can and should be trusted with money. They know how to use it and how to develop. We need to get criteria aligned. We need to agree on efficiency level for these projects, since they use loans anyway. We should measure efficiency of the whole economic development it brings instead of efficiency of a specific project — Maksim Reshetnikov, Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.
I suggest we start the next discussion with the question of year-over-year changes instead of the status of interbudgetary relations regardless of who participates or moderates. I believe this will give the discussion an impetus to focus on changes instead of the status itself. I think this is what the President meant when he said in his address: “The country develops only when regions develop. We will support only the regions that take on the responsibility”. They do take the responsibility. This, however, does not mean that it is only the regions that bear the responsibility for the results and people’s lives. <...> Technically, it is all of us – all ministries and agencies, the State Duma, and the Government as a whole – we all are in charge of the situation — Andrey Makarov, Chairman of the Committee on Budget and Taxes, The State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.